Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Journey - "Girl Can't Help it"

Girl Can't Help It - Raised On Radio

Debuted August 30, 1986, Peaked #17, 14 Weeks on the Chart)

From his judge's seat on American Idol, Randy Jackson never misses any chance to remind everybody he was once a member of Journey. While he wasn't with the group during their Escape/Frontiers heyday, he was definitely there before the group split apart for the first time. He's onstage in the video below (sporting an awesomely awful 80s "high-top" hairdo), playing the bass.

After the success of those two LPs I mentioned before, there was a little housecleaning in regards to the band members. By the time Raised On Radio was recorded, only Steve Perry, Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain were left after Steve Smith and Ross Valory were fired. They would be replaced by session musicians (like Randy Jackson), but it was a signal that the years of performing and the toll of the road had begun to wear down on the group. And sure enough, after all the singles were culled from the album, the band would take an extended hiatus.

"Girl Can't Help it" debuted in the Billboard survey exactly twenty-five years ago. While it was a decent song, it wasn't really up to the standard of the group's earlier hits like "Don't Stop Believin'," "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" or "Any Way You Want it." The Arena Rock staples had given way to a still-professional but more generic pop/rock sound.

But...Randy Jackson was there to be a part of it.

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